James Corden and others stop LA traffic for “Cinderella” stunt
James Corden is a strangely controversial public figure: an artist who seeks only to bring joy to the world. But sometimes he goes too far. (Again, he occasionally gets messages from Tom Cruise about a helicopter landing in his backyard.) One example of this happened recently, when he and three cast members of the upcoming musical clash Cinderella – in which he plays one of the mice transformed into a footman – rushed into a street in Los Angeles, all for a flash mob shot intended to publicize the film. But for some, the movement has done the opposite of fun.
Images released on social media on Saturday showing Corden, star Camila Cabello, Billy Porter and Idina Menzel dancing and singing in traffic to Jennifer Lopez’s “Let’s Get Loud”, in costumes like their characters. (Porter plays the neutral fairy godfather while Menzel is the evil stepmother). And what better way to educate crowds than to stop traffic in one of the most car-congested cities in the world?
Indeed, rather than charmed, some people on social networks have found themselves livid. They pointed out that Corden and his company were probably running late for work.
Imagine you are faced with two choices: you can be late for work OR you can arrive on time but you have to eliminate James Corden. https://t.co/PpRDlyJAPN
– Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) August 28, 2021
imagine having a terrible day and then on the way back you are bound to watch camila cabello and james corden dancing right in front of you. pic.twitter.com/2OU6oDHgft
– robert (@Robertvrse) August 28, 2021
If I’m held up by James Corden’s air in mouse shit the least I would do would be let go of the horn and make sure they can’t have a decent video https://t.co/ GYsNRIkYri
– Alex (@_alex_joshua) August 28, 2021
“Sorry, I was 3 hours late for work. James Corden was dry shaking the air in a rat costume on the street and blocked traffic.” Https://t.co/QiYbP4vnFr
– sam (antha) (@samchizanga) August 28, 2021
Others questioned the logic of the event in the first place.
James Corden: I’d like to dress up as a mouse and do a moving dance move in front of a car today
– Rajat Suresh (@rajat_suresh) August 28, 2021
And there were a lot of jokes in movies and on TV.
POV your driving to the hospital to say goodbye to a loved one and James Corden jumps in front of the car and dances to promote his crappy musical pic.twitter.com/OP59lP8kV6
– Denis Villeneuve’s secret account (@kingsmillirving) August 28, 2021
For what it’s worth, Cinderella – which comes just six years after Disney’s live-action stabbing, which starred Lily James and Cate Blanchett – hits Amazon Prime in September.